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What is Expansive Soil?

What is Expansive Soil?

Expansive soils are soils that contain minerals such as certain types of clay that are able to absorb water. When the clay absorbs water, it will expand. The more water they absorb, the more they expand. Soils containing as little as 5% clay can exhibit expansive characteristics.

All About S Traps

All About S Traps

An S trap is a drain trap that looks like a letter “S” sitting on its side. The plumbing systems in most older homes used S traps on the drain lines under sinks, but S traps are now prohibited by code throughout the country because they are not vented.

What is a Reverse-Fed Breaker?

What is a Reverse-Fed Breaker?

In a back-fed breaker, the wires that are bringing the power into the panel are connected to the back-fed breaker just like they are connected to any other breaker. This means that the power is going backwards through the back-fed breaker and then to the main bus.

What is a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI)?

What is a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI)?

A ground fault circuit interrupter, also called a GFCI or GFI, is an electrical device designed to monitor current flow and upon detecting a ground fault (“leaking” current), to instantaneously open the circuit and stop the flow of electrical current.

Foundation Settling vs. Foundation Problems on Slab Foundations

Foundation Settling vs. Foundation Problems on Slab Foundations

In my career, I have seen just about every degree of settling and every foundation problem that a home’s foundation can experience. I have also discovered that there is a difference between normal foundation settling and serious foundation problems.

Requirements for Closet Lights

Requirements for Closet Lights

Over the years, exposed light bulbs in closets have been the cause of many house fires throughout the country, because the heat that they generate can cause things like clothing, paper, and cardboard boxes to ignite if they are too close. There are certain requirements to prevent this and keep your home safe.

What is the Difference Between Grounding and Bonding?

What is the Difference Between Grounding and Bonding?

There is a lot of confusion about grounding and bonding and the purpose of each. Sometimes, they are used interchangeably, but they mean different things, and they serve two different purposes. So, what is the difference between grounding and bonding?

What is the Purpose of a Plumbing Vent?

What is the Purpose of a Plumbing Vent?

Your home’s plumbing vent system is very important for the health of your home. It keeps nasty sewer gases out of your home, and it helps the drain lines to drain properly.

What Is A Double-Lugged Circuit Breaker?

What Is A Double-Lugged Circuit Breaker?

Double lugging is when two wires are placed under the same screw on a circuit breaker or on the neutral bus in an electrical panel. Double-tapping is normally done by a homeowner or a handyman who knows just the basics of electrical work.

Current, Voltage, and Resistance Defined

Current, Voltage, and Resistance Defined

What is current? What is voltage? What is the difference between voltage and current? How are voltage, current and resistance related? I will explain these concepts by comparing electricity flowing through a wire to water flowing through a water hose.

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Life Expectancy of Home Components

These life expectancies have been determined through research and testing assuming regular recommended maintenance is being performed. These life expectancies should be used as guidelines only.

What is CSST?

Corrugated Stainless Steel Tubing (CSST) is a flexible, stainless steel pipe that is used to supply natural gas in residential, commercial and industrial structures.

What is an Air Admittance Valve?

An Air Admittance Valve is a one-way vent that is normally closed but opens to allow air to be drawn in when there is a negative pressure (a suction or vacuum) in the drain line.

What is a Thermocouple?

A thermocouple is a device that measures temperature by generating a small voltage that is proportional to the temperature of the substance or object being measured. The device is made by joining two different metals together at one end.

How to Fix an Outlet with Reversed Polarity

It’s fairly simple to fix an outlet with reversed polarity. Reversed polarity is when the connections at a receptacle are wired “backwards”.

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